author: Andrew Hamilton

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  • RELIGION

    Sympathy for Father Bob

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 September 2009
    30 Comments

    It's doubtful that any Australian priest communicates more intuitively with young Australians than Bob Maguire. Fr Maguire's 'forced' retirement has universal relevance as the story of the predicament of ageing community workers.

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  • RELIGION

    On stuffing up

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 10 September 2009
    4 Comments

    Merely to write for a magazine with high ideals does not guarantee that you live by them. I recalled this recently when I recognised that I had got the facts wrong in a Eureka Street article. I had to apologise because my erroneous assertion caused avoidable hurt.

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  • RELIGION

    When tolerance doesn't cut it

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 27 August 2009
    5 Comments

    One striking feature of our society is the contrast between an emphasis on tolerance, and an increasingly punitive approach to lawbreaking. Shock jock Kyle Sandilands and violent youths in our cities have been exposed to this.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Flame blame is a shame

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 24 August 2009
    11 Comments

    The Black Saturday bushfires had the same relationship to previous fires as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima did to other bombing raids. Defects of communication and organisation, while regrettable and costly, were irrelevant: there's no assured safety for those who live near bushland.

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  • RELIGION

    Bonhoeffer's ethics not for show

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 August 2009
    7 Comments

    Two years ago, Kevin Rudd wrote about German wartime theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer stressed character. His ethics were not expressed in rhetoric about hard times and hard decisions, but in acting responsibly without regard to popularity.

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  • RELIGION

    Disunity in the Year of the Priest

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 30 July 2009
    22 Comments

    Ignoring divisions is rarely the best way to address them. It may be better to name 2009 the year of priests, not the Year of the Priest, thus recognising the divergent approaches to priesthood within the Catholic Church.

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  • RELIGION

    The marginalisation of Ted Kennedy

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 23 July 2009
    21 Comments

    Fr Ted Kennedy's work with Indigenous Australians brought him conflict with police, landowners, parishioners and church authorities. If you live at the margins, you will be marginalised. How best to handle this marginalisation?

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  • RELIGION

    Swine flu and the Eucharist

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 July 2009
    7 Comments

    The swine flu saga has been of interest mainly because the responses to it have shown what Australians consider to be important. That is also true of the response within Australian churches.

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  • RELIGION

    Historical tensions visit women and the Church

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 18 June 2009
    13 Comments

    Many women religious fear the Vatican visitation of female religious congregations will take a negative attitude to feminist aspirations and to the changes brought about by Vatican II. They can find historical grounds for this fear.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cousins, Chaser and the court of public morality

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 June 2009
    3 Comments

    What do footballers who give photographers the bird, comedians who make jokes about sick children, boat owners who bring asylum seekers to Australian shores, cooks who swear, and cricketers who drink have in common?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bud Tingwell and I

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 20 May 2009
    10 Comments

    I only met Bud Tingwell once. Like so many others, I went away the better for the brief encounter. But the meeting also led me to ask questions about what matters, and how we should nurture it in Australian society.

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  • RELIGION

    Confronting economic monsters

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 15 May 2009

    The public's interest in the Budget has been mild, and its disengagement notable. In the shadow of the economic crisis, there is space for deeper reflection on the human condition, which will help us understand why greed and fear so dominate in human affairs.

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